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Randall Branham

3 Years Ago

Wacom Tablets

I use PSCS5 and do some photo/art for here and other places. My question is this : Is the Wacom tablet either the Intous 4 or 5 or maybe even the Bamboo Create worth the money to better my art work capabilities or are they just another gadget to have to learn? Are they worth while in your opinion, please.
Thank you Randall

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Colin Utz

3 Years Ago

I have a small Bamboo pen & touch. For me, working 90% in Lightroom and for basic adjustments in Photoshop, itīs enough. For more sophisticated work (drawing, digital art, etc.), you probably want to have a medium or large Wacom.

It needs some time, to get used to work with it. When I got mine, I forced myself to use only the tablet for everything, not the mouse. Since than, my mouse rests in peace in a dark drawer.


Roseann Caputo

3 Years Ago

Hi Randall,

I started with the Intuos 3 4 x 5. I tend to move my arm a lot when I draw so I upgraded from there. But I went to the Cintiq. There's a few folk here working with the 4 & 5.

I found both to be very much worth the investment.



Mike Savad

3 Years Ago

it depends what you need it for. there isn't a strong learning curve to it, if you know how to work a pen, then you can work a tablet. i use the tablet extensively for everything i do. it makes cloning and cleaning easier. and i shade and color things with it. i'll even sketch and draw a little. the intous is better than the bamboo. mine paid for itself many times over. i couldn't do the things i do right now without one.

i use it with the mouse, the mouse is best for gradients, menu tools, and other things.

---Mike Savad


Angelina Vick

3 Years Ago

I recently bought the bamboo create, it has very high feedback from people who use it.

I haven't broken mine out yet...I need to clear off my desk and make room for it...;)

I've heard the Intuos is better, but I couldn't swing the price range for the size I wanted.


Kay Pickens

3 Years Ago

Well, I thought there was a learning curve to using it. I have the larger ituos and the smaller one. I like the larger one for actual painting and the smaller one for working on edits in photoshop on my photos.


Randall Branham

3 Years Ago

Thanks everyone for the quick and good response I appreciate it, you always give good info and advice


Louise Reeves

3 Years Ago

It's invaluable to me, a lefty.


Lara Ellis

3 Years Ago

Do you have to have a Mac to use one of these? I'm thinking about saving my earnings here towards one of these but I just have an ASUS laptop that I use for most stuff.


Louise Reeves

3 Years Ago

no, you don't have to have a mac. I have a 6 year old pc-windows xp. works fine.


Murray Bloom

3 Years Ago

I have a large Wacom Intuos. I love it. Much better than working with a mouse, especially the precision. No learning curve at all.


Lara Ellis

3 Years Ago

Cool! Thanks Louise :)


Ann Powell

3 Years Ago

I have an older Intuos 3. I also think it is invaluable and worth every penny.


Dave Bowman

3 Years Ago

I only use an Intuos. Have done for many years and couldn't live without one now. Can't remember the last time I used a mouse.


Francesa Miller

3 Years Ago

I have the Intuos 3 6 x 9. I've had it for years and I love it! I couldn't do what I do without it. There is a learning curve. Remember the art classes where you had to draw the model without looking at your hand? It's exactly like that. But practice makes perfect.
My current problem is that windows 7 interferes with the tablet. I made the animation go away, but the pressure sensitive aspect is gone until I find a post that tells me a solution. It was the pressure sensitivity that I bought it for - more pressure - darker, or wider lines. Perfect for real drawing and coloring.


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